Candy Heart Play Dough Sight Word Play

We do a lot of open-ended play dough invitations, but sometimes I like to combine our sensory play with a specific learning goal. Both of my kids have sight words and spelling words they are required to practice each week, so we come up with a lot of fun ways to do that. If your little ones are learning sight words, use these free printable sight word cards and this candy heart play dough invitation to practice spelling sight words {Read More}

14 Love Bug Crafts and Activities

Every February we seem to get bitten by the love bug.  Love is in the air and we start seeing in hues of red, purple, and pink!  One of my favorite things to do with my girls to celebrate a holiday is create some handmade crafts or keepsakes.  And if there is a craft to capture their hand prints or remember those sweet little finger prints, you bet we’re doing it!  Recently, my oldest daughter has developed an interest in {Read More}

Free Printable Heart Number Cards

As kids learn more about number sense in preschool and kindergarten it is helpful for them to see numbers represented in different ways. These free printable heart number cards include number cards, ten-frame cards, and word cards for the numbers zero to ten. They are great for one-on-one math practice at home. In the classroom use them for small group activities, math centers, or independent tasks.   Ways to Use the Heart Number Cards Number cards can be used for a wide variety {Read More}

Valentine Math Roll and Color Activity

Roll and color games are a fun way for kids to practice early math skills without it feeling like work.  We’ve had so much great feedback on our previous roll and color sets that we just had to make another set for Valentine’s Day. In this free printable valentine math activity kids will practice counting sets and coloring in the heart with the corresponding number. If you’re teaching kids different early math skills the full roll and color heart set covers {Read More}

14 Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks

Valentine’s Day is a fun time to show your love to the ones you love most.  But too often that comes in the form of sweet and sugary treats.  I’m always looking for a way trade in the artificial flavors and sugars for a healthy alternative.  With just a little bit of planning and lots of fruits and veggies, you can provide healthy Valentine’s Day snacks that will still hit the sweet spot! Whether you’re looking for something school approved {Read More}

Healthy Valentine’s Day Snack

While I like making special snacks for my girls, I also need for them to be super simple to make. This healthy Valentine’s Day snack is perfect. We used ours for an after school snack. They’d also be great for kids to make during a class Valentine’s day party, or you can prepare them ahead of time for any Valentine’s day gathering. Ingredients Strawberries-Use a sharp knife to cut a small V in the top to make them look like {Read More}

Valentine’s Day Math Adding Doubles Free Printable

I mentioned in our snowball math activity that my first grader is working on doubles facts. If you’re not familiar with doubles facts they are an addition strategy that can used to solve basic math problems. By first learning the basic doubles facts (3+3=6, 8+8=16, etc), children can use that knowledge to help them solve near doubles facts and more complex problems. So far Lovey has mastered the doubles facts for 0 to 5, but she still struggles to recall {Read More}

Puffy Heart Craft

Arts and crafts with simple materials are the best! Today’s project is just that! You’ll only need a few basic craft supplies to make this puffy heart craft. Paint them anyway you like. Then use them for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or just because. Materials Affiliate links included. Grab some cotton balls, cardboard, glue, and paint. Cut the cardboard into any shape you prefer. We chose hearts because we’ll be displaying these for Valentine’s Day. Create Your Own Puffy Heart {Read More}

DIY Heart Stamp Art for Kids

Years back we discovered that clothespins make a great tool for painting projects. They are the perfect since for toddlers and preschooler to grasp. We often use them to paint with pom poms. Recently we used them to make a simple DIY heart stamp set. Kids can use them to create Valentine’s art, cards for others, and murals. Make Your Own DIY Heart Stamps Affiliate links included. Use a hot glue gun to attach the end of a clothespin to {Read More}

Creation Station Valentine’s Day Art for Kids

Long ago we shared about our art creation station. It’s one of our solutions for keeping art materials available and encouraging both independence and creativity. Although I haven’t mentioned it in a while, our creation station is still a well-used part of our craft area, and we often create mini creation stations to go along with holidays or themes the girls are interested in. Right now they are crazy for all the hearts, pinks, reds, and purples, that are all around {Read More}